Austin Transportation's Parking Enterprise Division manages on-street parking to ensure equal access to parking for residents, visitors, and businesses, while also increasing safety.
Electronic parking meters are installed by the City of Austin on streets in areas with high amounts of visitors and demand for parking to help ensure equal access to parking for residents, businesses and visitors. Studies show that parking meters encourage parking turnover, increasing the amount of individuals that can access parking while also increasing businesses' access to parking spaces.
Be sure to always read posted signage near and on the electronic parking meters for information on enforcement hours and maximum parking times. The City of Austin does not regulate or enforce parking on the University of Texas campus or within the State Capitol Complex.
To view a map of current available on-street parking spaces, see Parking Spots Downtown.
Please contact Austin 3-1-1 to report a malfunctioning or damaged parking meter or posted sign.
Active Permits for Reserved Parking Spaces
Use the interactive map below to search for permit information related to reserved parking spaces for construction and special events. This information includes affected meter space number, permit name, permit description, and permit end date. This viewer is updated daily to reflect the latest information.
Parking Payment Methods
The City of Austin has partnered with car-share service provider Zipcar to provide convenient, on street parking for customers.
Zipcar has designated spaces in Downtown Austin (marked by posted signs). Car-share vehicles are still subject to most posted signs, and are not allowed to park in no-parking zones, fire zones, commercial zones, etc.
For more information about where Zipcar parking and service, please visit Zipcar Austin's website.
Back-in Angle Parking
Back-in angle parking has been installed in some areas around Austin to enhance safety for people parking their vehicles and traveling in the areas adjacent to parking spaces.
Back-in angle parking makes it easier for users to load their vehicles, particularly when loading the trunk or bed of a pick up truck. Additionally, it increases visibility of oncoming traffic and cyclists by allowing drivers to look ahead when pulling out of a space instead of reversing into traffic.
Back-in angle parking also allows the City of Austin to maximize parking in some areas. For example, where two parallel spaces may fit, four back in angle spaces fit.
It is illegal to pull into a back in angle parking space with the front tires of the vehicle to the curb.
- Back In Angle Parking: 101 [Video - YouTube]